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Perhaps there is no hairstyle that is cuter, cooler and more perfect for summer than the trending bob! No matter the shape of your face, be it round, oval, square or heart shaped, the short, sassy hairstyle that is the bob works as the elegant, sultry frame for your face.

A bob cut is a shorter haircut in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw level, often with bangs (fringe) at the front. The bob is generally cut at the level of the ears or above the shoulders.

Great Ways to Wear the Bob:

  1. Parted down the middle.
  2. Parted down the side.
  3. The ends level with your chin.
  4. The ends just above the shoulders.
  5. Straight
  6. Curled
  7. With Bangs
  8. Without Bangs

Whichever way you prefer to style your bob, the final look is summery, youthful and fun. The bob is a trending hairstyle that does work well on everyone!

Ana Wintour of Vogue magazine is known for her bob haircut parted down the middle, with bangs. As early as the 1920s The Times was suggesting that the bob hairstyle was passé. By the end of the 1920s, the dominant female hairstyle in the Western world was the bob. The chic hairstyle then spread beyond the West, as women in other countries began to adopt the bob haircut as a sign of modern times. Close fitting hats also became popular, and worked perfect with short hair.

One great way to recognize a true bob haircut is by the sharp lines of the cut. The bob often turns in at the ends, resting under the chin.

Types of Bobs:

  1. A-line Bob: A typical bob cut, with slightly longer hair that frames the face, curling under the chin.
  2. Buzz-Cut Bob: The bob is shoulder length in the front and close cropped at the back.
  3. Chin Length Bob: Cut straight to the chin, with or without bangs.
  4. Inverted Bob: Similar to the A-line bob, but with stacked layers in back. The perimeter of the cut is curved rather than being a straight line.
  5. Shaggy Bob: A messy bob layered with a razor.
  6. Shingle Bob: A cut that is tapered very short in the back, exposing the hairline at the neck. The hair on the sides is formed into a single curl or point on each cheek.
  7. Shoulder Length Bob: A blunt bob that reaches the shoulders and has very few layers.

Whatever type of bob you choose, when you wear this gorgeous, short, fun hairstyle you will never lose!

Win the hair fashion game in a bob hairstyle! The fun cut will match your pleasing smile!

Bob hairstyles look exceptionally sexy and sultry when you wear long, dangling earrings. The bob haircut is short enough to show off the earrings and bring out the sexy siren vixen that resides inside every glamour girl! Give the bob haircut a whirl!

Hobnob in this summer’s trending hairstyle: the bob!

If you’re someone who normally wears your hair long and you want to try something new, I suggest the short, sassy, classy, sexy bob in the summertime or the entire year through!

“I didn’t recognize you with your shorter hair. You look fiery and fierce.”

“I wanted a shorter cut to show off my earrings. I just got my ears pierced.”

“I love the way the cut is layered in back and the front ends curl under your chin.”

“This cooler hairdo feels so freeing and liberating. I love the new look I’m in.”

“The bangs and the middle part are a switch from your long hair parted on the side.”

“It didn’t take me long to select this blunt cut for summer. I know I’ll love the ride!”

The Bob: A haircut that works for all face shapes and hair colors. A splendid cool, chic new hairdo for summer!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

What’s the best and most exciting way to enter a room? With enough confidence, magnetism and head-to-toe perfection to turn every head in the room! Va va va voom.

The secret to making a dramatic, heart stopping, noticeable impression on people is by merely being your authentic self, with no overboard attempts or trying to be something or someone you’re not. While positive traits such as a high self-esteem and a firm belief in yourself and your abilities generate from the inside, when you look glamorous and gorgeous on the outside, everyone will give you an extra shout out. Being beautiful on the inside and the outside is a great goal to strive for every time you walk out your front door.

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Sure, we all want to look and feel our best everyday, but often the stress and trials of daily life get in the way. Enter Mobile Styles to save the day.

Mobile Styles expert health and beauty professionals will travel to you, anytime and anywhere. Mobile Styles definitely blends beauty with technology. Mobile Styles is an on demand health and beauty app that you can download on your phone, and book your favorite pamper sessions with professional style experts of your choice. Mobile Styles staff will help you find your own signature glamour girl voice.

A true glamour girl pays strict attention to her overall appearance, making sure her hands and feet are perfectly manicured and pedicured, her skin glows and radiates, her hair shimmers with a healthy shine and a cute hairdo, her clothes fit her to perfection and bring out her own unique style, and her makeup is applied exquisitely, with long lustrous eyelashes and popping colors of lip gloss. “Of course I want to look that way everyday,” you say. “But who has the time?”

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A Mobile Styles beauty professional can take you to a complete “10” every time! You can simply sit back and enjoy a refreshing beverage or a soothing glass of wine.

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Mobile Styles health and beauty pros can make you “queen for a day” in so many ways. Let their exceptional nail artists, hair stylists, barbers, beauty experts and massage therapists allow you to relax and unwind with a much deserved day of glamour therapy. Much like giving yourself a catered to spa day, Mobile Styles experts will doll you up in every way.

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Be your best self everyday, using Mobile Styles for exceptional glamour and a “hip, hip, hooray!”

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For an even better deal and outstanding glam steal, use promo code lookbook18nm when you book your first appointment for a $50.00 discount.

For more information on Mobile Styles visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat

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Make a dramatic, head turning entrance with Mobile Styles, for overall head-to-toe glamour and beauty that is sure to make you smile.

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

We all enjoy the pampering and pleasure that we receive by indulging in a fabulous facial. In addition to the soothing, relaxing effects and joy that a facial brings, we also get immediate benefits with clear, smooth, healthy, younger looking skin. Ah, to love the skin that you’re in!

Facials are used for both general skin health and to treat specific skin conditions. Popular types of facials include the European facial, LED light therapy facials and mini-facials.

Depending on your preferred results, your skin type and your complexion, there are different types of facial masks (cactus, cucumber, etc.) used for different purposes:

  1.  Deep Cleansing: Penetrates the pores, healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation.
  2.  Brightening: Brings a gradual illumination to your skin tone.

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Facials are performed using moisturizer creams, masks, or both. A large part of the success of your facial is determined by the type of moisturizer that you use. Moisturizers are complex mixtures of chemical agents specifically designed to smooth the skin and make external layers of the skin softer and more pliable.

Facial masks help hold in moisture, making your skin supple and adding a healthy glow. Some masks are designed to solidify on the face, almost like plaster, while others remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing and refreshing the skin, yielding temporary and long term benefits. Facial masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping the mask off with a damp warm cloth, or peeling a dry mask off the face.

Fabulous facials make your skin look and feel healthy and younger!

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Why not rejuvenate your skin and your mind with a professional facial, administered by a professional Mobile Styles expert? Be kind to yourself and the skin that you’re in!

Fabulous Facials Preserve All Skin Types:

1. Normal Skin
2. Dry Skin
3. Oily Skin
4. Combination Skin
5. Aging Skin
6. Sensitive Skin

Fancy, youthful, stress free faces deserve fantastic, fresh facials!

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for an indulging facial using marvelous masks and face creams.

To receive a $50.00 discount off your first professional facial session, download the Mobile Styles app and book an appointment with a health and beauty expert, using promo code lookbook18nm Visit the Mobile Styles website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat

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Fabulous facials that make your skin look and feel healthy and younger. For the glamour girl youthful glow, a professional Mobile Styles facial is the way to go!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Anyone who has ever had a professional foot massage knows they feel wonderful. There is something about getting your feet rubbed and pampered that is relaxing, rejuvenating and restoring to your mental and physical health. On top of that, having your toenails painted and decorated adds pizzazz and glamour to your princess toes and feet.

A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, normally done for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. Pedicures are popular throughout the world, particularly for women, but are gaining popularity with men as well.

Both professional and do-it-yourself pedicures feel oh so extra sweet! An extra special foot treat!

For those of you that crave a pleasant pedicure, yet don’t have the time or pocketbook to visit a salon, do-it-yourself (DIY) pedicures are fun, easy and invigorating!

How to Give Yourself a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Pedicure:

  1. Buff your feet when dry, not wet, and use a foot file on the heels, balls of the feet and the edges of the toes.
  2. Fill a large bowl with warm water and a reviving soak solution. Soak the feet for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Massage your feet with a foot scrub to get rid of dead skin, then rinse.
  4. Dry your feet and gently push back the cuticles of your toes with a Qtip or cuticle cream.
  5. Cut, file and shape your toenails to your desired length and shape.
  6. Massage your clean feet with a rich foot lotion.
  7. If you wish to paint your toenails, wipe away any excess foot lotion and apply a clear base coat of nail polish to your toes.
  8. Polish the toenails with the color(s) of your choice. Add jewels, stones, etc. if preferred.
  9. Apply a top coat of clear nail polish to add shimmer and shine to your toenails, and to prevent the nail polish from chipping.

Wahlah, an at home pedicure is that easy to do for you!

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Pedicure Tip: Although fashion is a unique choice, I prefer manicures and pedicures where the nail polish on the fingernails is the same color as the nail polish on the toes. Of course, it is an individual preference and not everyone agrees with me. If you prefer a French manicure on your fingernails and blue or black nail polish on your toes, then go for it! Your hands, your feet, your preference. Anything goes!

Pedicure Fun Fact: People have been pedicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years. In southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further. Originating in China in 3000 BC, nail color indicated one’s social status: royal fingernails were painted black and red. Ancient Egyptians have been manicuring all the way back to 2300 BC.

 

Popular Tools and Nail Cosmetics:

  1. Acetone
  2. Cotton Balls
  3. Cuticle Cream
  4. Cuticle Pusher or Cuticle Nipper
  5. Foot Bath
  6. Lotion
  7. Nail Buffer
  8. Nail File
  9. Orangewood Sticks
  10. Toenail Clippers
  11. Toe Spacers

Pedicure Fun Fact: Pedicures take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Much longer if you want to soak your tired, aching feet in a hot water bowl or shower for over an hour! Refreshing!

Pamper your feet with a pleasing pedicure!

“I simply adore your baby blue toenail polish and the toe rings that you have on.”

“Massaging and decorating my feet and toes feels relaxing and soothing all day long.”

“The matching baby blue polish on your fingernails is striking to see.”

“The bedazzled ornaments on my pinkie fingers are oh so beautiful to me.”

“You clearly care about the appearance of your hands and your feet.”

“Looking at my own creative nail art and footwork is a real treat!”

Slip your gorgeous, perfectly pedicured feet into summer sandals for a hot, sizzling look that turns up the heat!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

Fashion boots equals boots at their finest! Perhaps one style of boot that always stands out and is always in style is the high heeled ankle boot. Ankle boots are the most widely worn style of fashion boots for women, worn both under pants and with skirts and dresses. Ankle boots can vary in length from booties or shoe booties (shoes that skim the ankle) to boots that cover the lower part of the calf.

The defining characteristic of the boot is the length of the shaft. For those of you that adore wearing boots, you’re probably familiar with boots having various shaft lengths, including a shaft that follows the curve of your calf, straight legged, loose fitting or slouchy. With ankle boots, the shaft is shorter, going to or slightly above the ankle.

Ankle Boot Fun Fact: Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches (20cm). In the 19th and early 20th century, ankle boots were common footwear for women. Even with rising dress hemlines, ankle boots add a cute, youthful, playful look and feel to the overall outfit.

While many ankle boots are made of leather and/or patent leather, some boots are also adorned with decorative features such as elaborate stitching and fur trims.

Sometimes, when it comes to shoes, only a high heeled ankle boot will do!

Popular Boot Designs:

  1. Ankle Boot
  2. Calf Length Boot
  3. Knee Length Boot
  4. Over the Knee Boot
  5. Thigh High Boot

Of course, various types of boots include combat boots, cowboy boots, construction boots, Russian boots, Ugh boots, vinyl boots, go-go boots and more!

Boots, boots, boots galore!

Fashion Boots Fun Fact: Although fashion boots and particularly go-go boots are often described as “typical” of 1960s fashion, it wasn’t until the 1970s that boots became a mainstream staple of women’s fashion. By contrast, in 1977, boots made up approximately 20 percent of all women’s shoe sales in the United States. The end of the decade saw fashion boots occupying pages of mainstream mail-order catalogs by companies such as Sears, Wards and Kays.

Exquisite women’s fashion boots of the 1960s and 1970s are just as trendy today!

Have you ever wondered if wearing boots feels cumbersome and bulky, or how people strut easily when their feet and legs are poured into boots? In close fitting boots, flexibility is achieved by the use of gussets: slits in the material either at the top of the shaft (in knee length boots) or wider panels at the sides of the shaft (in ankle boots), which are backed with elasticized fabric. Compression folds around the ankle allow for movement of the foot. In thigh high boots, flexion of the knee is usually attained by a vent at the back of the boot, running from the top of the shaft to the back of the knee. This may be closed with laces, elastic or left open.

Where a vent isn’t used, freedom of movement is achieved by either having the top of the shaft flare outwards above the knee, or making all or part of the shaft out of a stretchable material.

Come one, come all, let’s dance the boot scoot boogie in cowboy boots and high heeled ankle boots…stand tall!

Ankle boots are chic, cool, popular footwear for girls and women everywhere!

“That stiletto boot you’re wearing is delightful to the eye.”

“They’re so fun to wear. I feel like I can touch the sky.”

“The black vinyl boots decorated with rhinestone studs adds immense style.”

“And with the platform sole, I can strut and easily walk a mile.”

“You possess such exquisite fashion taste. Especially in the shoe.”

“There are times only a gorgeous high heeled ankle boot will do!’

High Heeled Ankle Boot: You’ll want to walk farther than a mile in your shoes! That’s true!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just like your body requests water to quench thirst, hydrate your body and stay healthy, your skin requests water and moisture to stay soft, smooth and blemish free. A great way to feed your facial skin from the outside is with a relaxing, nourishing facial.

A facial is a family of skin care treatments for the face, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels and massages. Facials are often performed in beauty salons, but are also a common spa treatment. Then there are the easy yet rewarding do it yourself facials, which you can perform in the privacy of your own home.

Facials are used for general skin health, as well as to treat specific skin conditions. Popular types of facials include the European facial, LED light therapy facials and mini-facials.

Facial Fun Fact: There are different types of facial masks (cactus, cucumber, etc.) used for different purposes:

  1. Deep Cleansing: Penetrates the pores, healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation.
  2. Brightening: Brings a gradual illumination to your skin tone.

Some masks are designed to dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster, while other masks remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing and refreshing the skin, yielding temporary and long term benefits.

Facial Mask Fun Fact: Facial masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping off with a damp cloth, or peeling a dry mask off the face. Duration for wearing a mask varies with the type of mask, and manufacturers’ usage instructions. The time of wearing the mask can range from a few minutes to overnight.  Facial masks can be found anywhere from drugstores to fine department stores, as well as beauty supply stores and salons.  Facial masks vary in consistency and form, depending on the ingredients.

Facial Moisturizer Fun Fact: A large part of the success of the facial is the type of moisturizers used. Moisturizers or emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents (often occlusives help hold water in the skin after application, humectants attract moisture and emollients help smooth the skin), specifically designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. Moisturizers increase the skin’s hydration (water content) by reducing evaporation.

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How to Give a Facial or a Do It Yourself Facial:

  1. Start with a clean, makeup free face.
  2. Take a close look at your skin, preferably with a lamp over your face, or bright lighting. Determine the skin type: normal, dry, combination, oily.
  3. Massage your face gently with your fingertips.
  4. Steam the pores on your face using a steamer and/or very hot water.
  5. Take a paint brush or a spatula and apply a mineral rich mud or clay mask, and smooth it all over the face.
  6. Leave the beauty mask on for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Wash, rinse or peel the mask off.
  8. Apply a skin toner or astringent to the face.
  9. Apply moisturizer to the skin.
  10. Give a light spray of water to the skin to hydrate the skin.
  11. The facial is complete and your face looks youthful, radiant and glowing!

Moisturizers prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture and mask imperfections.

Preservation of Skin Types with Moisturizers:

  1. Normal Skin: Moisturizers can be used to prevent the skin from becoming too dry or oily, such as with light, non greasy water-based moisturizers. Such moisturizers often contain lightweight oils, such as cetyl alcohol, or silicone derived ingredients, such as cyclomethicone.
  2. Dry Skin: For treating skin dryness, the most appropriate moisturizers are heavier, oil based moisturizers that contain ingredients such as antioxidants, grape seed oil or dimethicone. For very dry, cracked skin, petroleum based products are preferable, as they are longer lasting than creams and are more effective in preventing water evaporation.
  3. Oily Skin: For oily skin, moisturizers can still be useful after activities causing skin dryness. For oily skin, water based moisturizers that are specifically non-comedogenic are preferable.
  4. Aging Skin: Appropriate moisturizers to keep aging skin soft and well hydrated are oil based ones that contain petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants or alpha hydroxy acids against wrinkles.
  5. Sensitive Skin: On sensitive skin, (skin susceptible to skin irritations, redness, itching or rashes), it is preferable to use moisturizers which contain soothing ingredients such as chamomile or aloe, and that minimize potential allergens such as fragrances or dyes.

Fancy faces deserve fresh facials!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a marvelous face cream!

Facial Fun Fact: Using natural ingredients, nuts or sugar may be used as exfoliants, while honey, mayonnaise, cucumber, strawberries or even chocolate may be used as facial masks. Warning: These face masks are made to be worn, not eaten!

“Your face has such a healthy glow; with a radiance and illumination divine.”

“I gave myself a face mask treatment and moisturizer…a facial that intertwined.”

“The results are truly exquisite: your skin looks supple and healthy as can be.”

“You left out youthful, stunning and smooth…completely blemish free.”

“I believe I’ll book a facial so my skin looks as young and lovely as yours.”

“Or do an at home facial…you’ll be impressed with the results and hide facial pores.”

Facials: For a healthy, luscious face with firm skin and wrinkles erased!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy Duke shorts are, if nothing else, notable. Whether you adore dressing in the denim short shorts, or you admire them on others but don’t feel comfortable wearing them yourself, or if you can simply do without them, Daisy Duke shorts are a popular piece of memorable fashion.
Daisy Duke shorts are cut off denim jeans that fit below the navel and the hem stops at the top of the thigh, much near the hip bone. The hem can either be sewn or left with loose threads and frays left over from the cutting.
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Daisy Duke is a fictional character, played by Catherine Bach, from the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. She helped popularize Daisy Duke shorts, her signature dress on the series. Daisy Duke shorts were also worn by Jessica Simpson in the feature film movie spin off.
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Daisy Duke Shorts Fashion Tip: Daisy Dukes look real cute and daring when worn with a crop top, or a button up shirt tied at the bottom. If you dare to wear Daisy Dukes, but you’re watching your spending, these shorts are easy to make yourself! You most likely own a pair of denim jeans that you’re willing to turn magically from pants to Daisy Duke shorts, straight from your own closet! Yes, it’s that easy!
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How to Make Do It Yourself (DIY) Daisy Duke Shorts:

  1. Take a pair of denim jeans that fit, along with sharp scissors, sandpaper and a sharpie or black pen (stay over a work table or outside, as the material will thread and fray when cut). Most Daisy Dukes are made from blue denim, but the shorts look savvy and stylish in any color of denim.
  2. Put your jeans on, and then use the pen to mark the spot on the denim where you want to cut (what will be the hem). True Daisy Dukes show almost all of your thigh.
  3. Remove the jeans and use the sharp scissors to cut the material across the drawn lines, turning the pants or capri pants into shorts.
  4. If you want to add age to the Daisy Dukes, or fray the material to provide a worn look, rub the sandpaper hard over the area that you want to age. This should help to fray the material and rub out some of the blue denim color, fading the material.
  5. If you wish to doll up and dazzle your Daisy Dukes, you can bedazzle the shorts by adding rhinestones, sparkles, glitter, embroidery, etc. to the shorts.
  6. Wear your Daisy Dukes with pride and profound confidence!

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Denim Fun Fact: Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dying process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
Whether you view Daisy Duke shorts as darling, or as shorts that lost their modest length, one thing is for sure: Daisy Duke shorts are noticeable and memorable!
Everyone remembers the dame in the dizzying Daisy Dukes!
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Many lovers of Daisy Dukes and denim prefer when the material looks faded and worn, as opposed to brand new.  To achieve the faded look, one can either wash the denim numerous times, or simply purchase faded denim off the rack. In addition to faded material, various patterns of fading are preferred by many denim wearers and are considered to be “personalizing” the garment.
Popular Patterns of Fading:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – Faded lines that are found behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
  3. Stacks – These are created by having the inseam of the jeans hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length. The extra fabric then stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up to the calf area.
  4. Train Tracks – These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades which resemble train tracks.

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Denim Fun Fact: Over 50% of denim is produced in Asia, most of it in China, India, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Here is the order of the world’s denim mills, from highest to lowest: China, India, Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia. Ah, denim is loved, worn and purchased the world over!
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Do you want to leave your fashion mark? Dress yourself up in dynamic Daisy Duke shorts and see how much “chatter and buzz” you spark!
“When that girl struts in her Daisy Duke shorts we stop and watch her walk by.”
“Without a doubt, she does get attention and catches everybody’s eye.”
“Makes me wonder where the rest of her pant legs are.”
“Probably in a trash can somewhere. Could be near or far.”
“Her Daisy Dukes could have started out as shorts, merely sewn that way.”
“Doesn’t matter how she got them. When she struts in them she looks A Okay!”
Mesmerizing Daisy Duke shorts are here to stay, no matter how they got that way!”
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Okay, so maybe the word “cuckoo” for crocheted clothes is a bit overrated, but hey, when something great comes along, you might as well go cuckoo with joy…we all need a thrill once in awhile.
When I was a girl growing up, I was, as the saying goes, literally cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! I ate the delicious chocolate cereal almost every morning (yes, my mom let my sister and I eat sugar stuffed cereals) and sometimes for a snack when I got home from school. I remember my dad telling me that I ate so much Cocoa Puffs that he wouldn’t be surprised if one day I turned into a cocoa puff. Glad to say now that I didn’t become one, but I still remember how much I loved eating Cocoa Puffs! (I even ate them at my grandpa and grandma’s house)!
Now, I’ve switched my love to fashion (among other things) and one popular style item that I always find chic and comfortable are crocheted clothes (but I still have a sweet tooth)!
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Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. The name is derived from the French term “crochet”, meaning ‘small hook’. Crochet hooks are made of materials such as metal, wood or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshops.
Although crocheted clothing looks similar to knitted clothing, the difference is in their production. Also, each stitch in crochet is completed before proceeding with the next stitch, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at a time.
Crocheted garments emit an aura of femininity, daintiness and class!
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Crochet Fun Fact: The word Crochet was used in 17th century lace making, crochetage designating a stitch used to join separate pieces of lace, and crochet subsequently designating both a specific type of fabric and the hooked needle used to produce it.
The first known published instructions for crochet appeared in the Dutch magazine, Penelope, in 1823. This includes a color plate showing five different style purses, of which three were intended to be crocheted with silk thread. The steps were: simple open crochet; semi-open crochet; and double crochet.
Whether you crochet your own clothing or you buy crocheted items already made, when you step outside in chic crochet you’ll look “fashion ready made!”
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Crocheted clothing gives off a relaxed and elegant look and feel to the wearer. The same item of clothing can appear casual or dressy, depending on how you choose to accessorize. The best way to top off a great garment made of crochet? Why not wear a crazy cute crocheted hat on your darling head?
Crochet Fun Fact: The basic materials required for crocheting your own clothes are a crochet hook and some type of material that will be crocheted, most commonly yarn or thread. You may also want to include cardboard cutouts, which can be used to make tassels, fringe, pom-pom circles, etc. You’ll also need a tape measure and a gauge measure for counting stitches and a row counter.
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Five Types of Crocheted Stitches:

  1. Chain Stitch – The most basic of all stitches and used to begin most projects.
  2. Slip Stitch – Used to join chain stitches to form a ring.
  3. Single Crochet Stitch – The easiest basic stitch to master.
  4. Half Double Crochet Stitch – The ‘in-between” stitch.
  5. Double Crochet Stitch.

Advanced Crochet Stitches:

  1. Shell Stitch
  2. V Stitch
  3. Spike Stitch
  4. Afghan Stitch
  5. Butterfly Stitch
  6. Popcorn Stitch
  7. Crocodile Stitch

We’ve all heard the cliché “A stitch in time saves nine!” How about, “A crocheted item one stitch at a time ends up with a fabulous garment that looks divine!”
Dress to the nines in classy crochet!
You rock that crochet your own special way!
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Crochet Charity Cool Fun Fact: It is common for people and groups to crochet clothing and other garments and then donate them to soldiers during war. People have also crocheted clothing and donated the items to hospitals, for both sick patients and newborn babies.
In addition to the above, generous people crochet hats and donate them to cancer treatment centers (known as “chemo caps”), for those undergoing chemotherapy. During the month of October, pink hats and scarves are crocheted and proceeds are donated to breast cancer funds.
Collective, cool and charming in crocheted duds!
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Crochet Fashion Tip: One of the great features of crocheted clothing is that the recognizable stitch works well with both fall/winter clothing and spring/summer wear. With the knit-like fabric that allows the material to breathe through the almost open stitches, you get the heavier material generally worn in winter with the open, cool look of fabrics popular in summer all wrapped into one festive piece of clothing!
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Cuckoo and crazy for cool crocheted clothing!
Whether you prefer to stick to one solid color or doll yourself up in colorful crochet, it’s your unique fashion style and choice that matters every day!
“Your dress looks airy and delightful with lots of little tiny holes.”
“You admire my crocheted dress? The open fabric rock and rolls.”
“The look is contemporary and modern with a mix of old fashioned doily fun.”
“Yes, you see crocheted oven mits, and in fashion, clothes for rain or sun.”
“Did you crochet the dress yourself or did you buy it at the store?”
“Neither. I contacted a well known fashion designer and he shipped it to my door!”
Crocheted Clothing: Always fabulous, always breezy, I think I’ll buy me more!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the realm of fashion, fringe trim is in! Fringe trim on clothing is fun, festive and fabulous, adding sparkle and pizzazz to your overall appearance.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item. In addition to clothing, fringe makes for a fine visual appeal on drapery, flags and clothing accessories.
Shake, shake, shake the fringe you’re in!
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Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. (Think fringe denim cutoff shorts)! Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling.
Fringe Fun Fact: In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on to the garment. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen, or narrow strips of leather.
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Fringe, or tassels, add style and flair to any garment. In addition to spicing up pants, shirts, dresses and skirts, fringe is a popular fashion add on to purses and handbags. Much like you see on a great pair of moccasins, fringe dangling freely from handbags looks fun and flashy!
Festive and fun with the fringe you’re in!
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Fringe is often found on suede clothing items. The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).
Three Types of Fabulous Fringe:

  1. Bullion Fringe – Twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver or gold. Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 cm to 22.9 cm) in length.
  2. Campaign Fringe – This is from the French word ‘campane’ ( meaning “bell”), and consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe – Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.

Toss those hips and swing that fringe you’re dressed in!
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Fringe Fun Fact: There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to gain in popularity and added whimsical wonder to women’s wardrobes. Various styles of fringes were defined in England by at least the year 1688.
Not sure what to wear to the brunch you’re attending, or the baby shower, or the birthday party? Why not give fringe a try? Fringe flows beautifully and is an ornamental addition to clothing that always catches the eye!
Decorate your clothing to dynamic heights with lengths of fringe that hang just right!
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Fringe trim works well whether you prefer the tassel length be long or short, and the width be either thin or thick. Fringe garments are visually appealing and maintain a youthful look. Do you want your fringe trim to match, meaning the fringe is one length and one width? This gives off a look of class and elegance.
If you want to mix your fashion flair up a notch, fringe trim looks partyish and festive when your garment has various lengths of fringe, with varying widths. Colorful fringe also adds glamour and shimmer to your dazzling duds!
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Shimmy, shake and boogie down in that fantastic fringe you’re strutting in!
“I adore all the loose strands of material hanging down from the end of your skirt.”
“Are you admiring the fringe trim or is that your subtle way to flirt?”
“A little of both, I assume. Your tassels are lovely and so are you.”
“I take both your observations as compliments. I do believe your kind words ring true.”
“Will you spin around for me so I can watch your fringe swing and sway?”
“You can see the same effect from my fringe as you watch me walk away!”
Fringe: When you wear it, you’ll make a fashion splash, whatever way you walk! Let your sexy, sassy trim talk, talk, talk!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

When it comes to eyebrows, the knack is in the shape. Whether the shape of your face is round, long, oval, heart or diamond, the appeal of your face can be contoured and enhanced by the color, length and width of your eyebrows.
The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges. Eyebrows come in many shapes and sizes: some people have thick and bushy eyebrows, whereas others have thinner, more pointed eyebrows. Some people prefer to wear their brows full, while others either pluck or shave their brows, preferring to draw on a thin eyebrow.
Your face, your preference, your fashion choice!
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: The eyebrows’ main function is to prevent sweat, water and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important to human communication and facial expression.
Eyebrow Fun Fact: Eyebrows have an important function in communication, strengthening expressions, such as surprise, anger or sexiness. Many makeup artists view eyebrows as a major feature in defining the face. Eyebrows not only shape the face, but give definition to one’s eyes and forehead.
As with all human features, people modify their eyebrows by means of hair addition, hair removal and makeup.
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How to Shape Your Eyebrows:

  1. Imagine a straight line from the outside of your nose to the inside corner of your eye. This is where your brow should begin.
  2. Imagine a straight line from the center of the upper lip, along the outer edge of the nose, up to the outer corner of the eye. This is where your brow should end.
  3. Imagine a straight line from the tip of the nose through the middle of the eye pupil. This is where your eyebrow arch should be.

Follow the above steps for exquisite eyebrows as beautiful as can be.
Would you like thinner eyebrows? This can be accomplished through tweezing, waxing and threading.
Would you like thicker eyebrows? You can fill the brows in with eyebrow pencils and gels, which create an outline for the brows or mimick hairs in sparse areas.
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: To create a fuller look, eyebrows can be cloned in an eyebrow transplant. Individual strands of the eyebrow are mimicked to create natural looking eyebrows of the desire shape. Too much for you? Why not try eyebrow tinting? Permanent hair dye, similar to hair color, is used on the eyebrow to darken or lighten them.
Another procedure that can be used to shape the eyebrows is an eyebrow lift. This is cosmetic surgery to raise the eyebrow, usually to create a more feminine or youthful appearance. Also, doctors can inject patients’ eyebrows with botox or similar toxins to temporarily raise the eyebrow.
Sometimes it’s resorting to ouch, ouch, ouch to get the perfect arch, arch, arch!
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Eyebrow Threading: Eyebrow threading is a popular method of hair removal originating in Asia. In more recent times, eyebrow threading has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with cosmetic application. Threading is a method for removing and shaping eyebrows.
In eyebrow threading, a thin cotton or polyester thread is doubled, then twisted. The thread is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair in one swipe.
Methods of threading include the hand method, mouth method and neck. It has been noted that the mouth holding method is the fastest and most precise.
The benefits of threading? This process allows for a more defined and precise shape to the eyebrows and can create better eyebrow definition. Threading can also be used as a method of removing unwanted hair from the entire face and upper lip.
 
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: In a study published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where subjects were asked to identify celebrities with either their eyes or their eyebrows digitally edited out, the subjects were able to recognize the celebrity 46% of the time with their eyebrows edited out, compared to 56% of the time with their eyes edited out. This finding indicates the true importance of eyebrows in providing clues to an individual’s identity.
Having an eye for great looking eyebrows!
Eye, eye, eye, Captain. Make no bones about it! The eyebrows have it!
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Eyebrow Fun Fact: Eyebrows serve a purpose besides adding depth and beauty to the face. The typical curved shape of the eyebrow (with a slant on the side) and the direction in which the eyebrow hairs are pointed, make sure that moisture has a tendency to flow sideways around the eyes, along the side of the head and along the nose.
Eyebrows: So many functional purposes; so many ways to doll them up or down to add character and a signature flair to your fabulous face!
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Get going on the eyebrow shaping race…fantastic good taste for the face!
“The high arch of your eyebrows indicate that you are surprised to see me.”
“No, actually I shaped them this way to add perfect definition and to please me.”
“Your brows do look lovely, so thick and full. They accent your eyes.”
“Yes, a full, lengthy eyebrow makes for a beautiful face and is just the right size.”
“When it comes to eyebrow know how you seem quite wise.”
“You are correct. And for that reason, my dear, you should not be surprised.”
“So I am not to be fooled by your dazzling exterior?”
“If you knew the knowledge stored behind my brows in my brain you may feel inferior!”
The perfect eyebrow for the perfect look for the perfect face! Let your eyebrows complement your face like leather to lace!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846